I will ride to honour Chloe's courage & fortitude
Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer™
Hope you are in good health! Please read why this is so close to my heart!!
Please help me with your generosity to honour beautiful Chloe for her extraordinary courage! This year, once again, I will be riding ‘The MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer’, a 200km cycling journey that I’m embarking on to raise vital funds for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Me and Chloe 2013; Five years ago on the x October ,Chloe Bettane and I connected deeply. Overnight she went from being a relative stranger -to an almost ‘surrogate' daughter. Following minor surgery her lovely healthy mum Ros had a sudden devastating cardiac arrest, and given a slim chance of survival, landed up in ICU on full life support. Chloe’s elder sister was in throws of final year 12 exams and her dad sat vigil at mum’s bedside. Not knowing what to do, I rushed to Chloe and hugged and held her. A hug which went on for several weeks. I knew when she didn’t let go of the hug, that she just needed a ‘mum- like’ person to hold her through the unknown and horrendous time. In between traumatic hospital visits we just ‘hung out’ out at my home with rest of family or at the park or ice cream shops often with my baby grandson in tow. After several weeks, TG Ros made a miraculous recovery proving most doctors wrong (another story for another time). Chloe and I remained firm friends (cool to have had a 13 year old bestie!)
The unimaginable: November 2017, just days before her final year 12 exams Chloe was diagnosed with an Osteosarcoma, an extremely serious and malignant bone tumour in her upper thigh. Three days after her exams- she underwent massive surgery to remove the cancer, huge bone grafts and extremely intense rehabilitation.Not a moment of self pity. Days after her surgery, unable to walk yet and in tremendous pain, Chloe told me lying in hospital that YES! she would not only be up and walking and cancer free - but she was not missing out on her planned gap year in Israel….and albeit 3 months after her group departed, she left ...on crutches. Well its June and Chloe is in Israel thriving, studying, touring and volunteering- helping underprivileged kids and smiling from ear to ear.
I personally will be cycling these 200km to honour Chloe! and all those who are still struggling through the arduous challenges faced when confronted by Cancer in all its forms.
With YOUR incredible generosity in honour of Chloe! - a real impact can be made to Cancer research and Please God transforming Cancer from a life sentence to a curable or at least a chronic condition!
I am grateful to you!
Warmest love, Linda
Please watch this clip from the Today Tonight show filmed just before she left highlighting Chloe’s story!
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